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102 Joshua Oppenheimer: Early Works

#1 Post by antnield » Fri Dec 12, 2014 11:21 am

...will be getting a release in 2015 according to the latest newsletter.

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#2 Post by manicsounds » Mon Dec 22, 2014 10:48 am

Wow, awesome!

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#3 Post by solaris72 » Fri Nov 20, 2015 2:08 pm

Any update on this? Am very much looking forward to it.

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#4 Post by Raymond Marble » Fri Nov 20, 2015 9:34 pm

Yeah, me too. When I saw a new post in this thread, it got my hopes up that there were updates, and then was immediately disappointed...

...which is probably what this post is doing for you now. Sorry.

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#5 Post by rapta » Mon Nov 23, 2015 7:21 pm

Oooh! Very interested. Not seen The Look of Silence yet but The Act of Killing was very impressive, and I'd like to see what he did before it.

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#6 Post by Bikey » Tue Nov 24, 2015 6:33 am

This will be an early 2016 release - we're nearly there and Joshua has unearthed a couple of additional shorts... more details to follow.

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#7 Post by What A Disgrace » Thu Apr 14, 2016 12:53 pm

June 27 release date according to Amazon, DVD only.

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#9 Post by Bikey » Fri Apr 15, 2016 2:20 pm

The full line-up of the films included:
- Hugh (1995)
- Light Test (1995)
- Camera Test (1995)
- The Challenge of Manufacturing (1996)
- These Places We've Learned to Call Home (1996)
- The Entire History of the Louisiana Purchase (1997)
- Land of Enchantment (2000)
- The Globalisation Tapes (2002)
- Market Update (2002)
- A Brief History of Paradise As Told by the Cockroaches (2002)
- Muzak: A Tool of Management (2002)
- Postcard from Sun City, Arizona (2003)

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#10 Post by swo17 » Wed May 11, 2016 10:30 am

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#11 Post by Jean-Luc Garbo » Thu May 12, 2016 8:50 am

Does anyone know which of his films feature that shot?

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#12 Post by antnield » Thu May 12, 2016 9:13 am

The Entire History of The Louisiana Purchase.

(Entry on the LUX website.)

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#13 Post by Jean-Luc Garbo » Thu May 12, 2016 10:26 am

Thanks - my sister just vowed to buy a copy and then I told her about the film itself! Interesting appreciation of it from Dusan.
'The Entire History of the Louisiana Purchase is an imaginative and innovative film essay which combines faux and real documentary with lyrical fiction to paint a monstrous yet beautiful portrait of America at the end of the millennium. With unflinching originality, the film meditates humorously on faith, myth, scapegoats, the idea of the alien, the end of the world, and the beginnings of redemption. The film is a playful intellectual travelogue through the abandoned remnants of the Wild West, an ex-frontier turned into a heartland deprived of its promises, gazing at the stars for signposts to a brighter future. The film reminds us that the West may share something more than barbed wire with genocide, and that history can be told through the moving image in startling new ways. Oppenheimer suggests that we may look to cinema to understand the dark secrets at the heart of the American dream. Oppenheimer asks: if we can identify with larger-than-life epics on the silver screen, why can't we see the larger-than-life history of the United States in the fringe acts of violence (motivated by the most irrational fantasies) which this country nurtures more than any other on our planet? ... Oppenheimer interviews an extravagant selection of individuals, alumni from the pages of The National Enquirer. A story of infanticide and fanaticism unfolds through interviews the inventor of the microwave, UFOlogists, and militia leaders -- we even hear from the Antichrist while his mother prepares rice in the kitchen of a Vegas trailer home. Every detail fits perfectly into si-non-e-vero-e-ben-trovato of imminent doom. As in Buñuel's dogless Andalusian Dog, there is no textbook history and no Louisiana in The Entire History of the Louisiana Purchase. Examining hallucinatory stories told by religious and political eccentrics, he shows how they, broken existentially and orphaned by a corporation-state and its laissez-faire praxis, use their closed minds as a last shelter, as their Andalusian doghouses. ... Oppenheimer's monstrous yet charming 'history of my country' is written by a poet, sweet and dark, joyous as the wet rats who save themselves from drowning in the film's last sequence. And the film never loses sight of the rats' wealthy cousin, that most famous mouse from the West Coast. The Entire History of the Louisiana Purchase is a pioneering and innovative work. It opens a genre of film as revelatory and intelligent dream, stimulant of social memory, and means for re-examining the relationship between fact and fiction, historical truth and social myth.' Dusan Makavejev, Director of WR: Mysteries of the Organism

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#14 Post by Bikey » Mon Jun 20, 2016 6:20 am

"This vital new DVD release... this is a disquieting and essential set from Second Run... which help to complete the full, grotesque fresco of Oppenheimer's meteoric rise"
David Jenkins at Little White Lies reviews our JOSHUA OPPENHEIMER: EARLY WORKS set


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#17 Post by Bikey » Tue Jun 28, 2016 11:02 am

"The chief pleasure of Second Run’s new collection of twelve early films by Oppenheimer lies in seeing the director develop, to watch the precedents to a work that initially seemed to be unprecedented... Films do not need to fit the categories we put them in, he realised – if you’re documenting a complex phenomenon, you should be allowed to make complex work"
Graham Williamson at The Geek Show offers a terrific analysis of the JOSHUA OPPENHEIMER EARLY WORKS set.

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#19 Post by Bikey » Wed Jul 06, 2016 8:37 am

"Show a director finding his voice with remarkable speed... Yes, these are apprentice works but they're never less than intriguing and sometimes much, much more."
James Oliver at MovieMail

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#20 Post by Bikey » Sat Jul 09, 2016 10:28 am

Sight & Sound magazine's Home Cinema section this month is something of an (unofficial) 'Second Run special' - here's their full-page piece on our JOSHUA OPPENHEIMER EARLY WORKS

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#21 Post by Bikey » Tue Jul 12, 2016 3:51 am

"Joshua Oppenheimer may just be the most interesting and radical documentary-maker you've never heard of... This collection of a dozen of his earliest films won't change that, but they're important waymarkers and, taken together, add up to a considerable body of work... Once seen, never forgotten."
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#22 Post by Bikey » Wed Jul 20, 2016 6:16 am

Joshua Oppenheimer interviewed about his EARLY WORKS on BBC Radio 4's The Film Programme by Francine Stock

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#23 Post by Bikey » Thu Jul 21, 2016 5:22 am

"It took me back to a time when I too was thrilled by the possibilities of film and video as a medium for artistic exploration and expression... This is experimental cinema at it's thoughtful, risk-taking and politically committed best, and has added weight to my conviction that Oppenheimer is emerging as one of the most important and committed documentary filmmakers of the modern age.

... Impressively presented, as ever, by Second Run, this is an absolute must for anyone already wowed by Oppenheimer's groundbreaking features and especially those of us who believe that film can be every bit as adventurous an artistic medium as painting or sculpture."
A fantastic analysis/review at Cine Outsider

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#24 Post by Bikey » Mon Aug 15, 2016 5:47 am

"A phenomenal set of early films from the director of The Act of Killing, available for the first time anywhere"
Clydefro Jones reviews JOSHUA OPPENHEIMER EARLY WORKS at Digital Fix

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#25 Post by Bikey » Fri Sep 02, 2016 6:15 am

CLOSE-UP CINEMA: JOSHUA OPPENHEIMER
Friday 9th to Sunday 11th September

Joshua Oppenheimer is one of the world's most renowned documentary filmmakers. His multi award-winning films THE ACT OF KILLING and THE LOOK OF SILENCE have challenged and redefined perceptions about the very nature of documentary cinema. This season presents all his films including for the first time on screen in the UK, a collection of his EARLY WORKS.

Programme:
Fri 9th Sept. - THE ACT OF KILLING - 8pm
Introduced by Gareth Evans

Sat 10th Sept. - EARLY WORKS - 6:30pm
Introduced by Mehelli Modi

Sun 11th Sept. -THE LOOK OF SILENCE- 8pm
Introduced by Andrea Luka Zimmerman

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